Lyell Cresswell

Lyell Cresswell was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1944, and studied in Wellington, Toronto, Aberdeen and Utrecht. After some teaching at Glasgow University he joined Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff as Music Organiser (1978-80). He returned to Scotland as Forman Fellow in Composition at Edinburgh University until 1982 and spent the next three years as Cramb Fellow in Composition at Glasgow University. Since then he has been a full-time composer based in Edinburgh.

In 1978 he won the Ian Whyte Award for the orchestral work Salm, and in 1979 received the APRA Silver Scroll for his contribution to New Zealand music. In 2001 he received a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award to create a work of music theatre, in collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, involving issues of exile and identity; and in 2002 he was awarded an honorary D. Mus degree by Victoria University of Wellington (N.Z.) and the inaugural Elgar Bursary. In 2011 he received the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his first piano concerto, and in 2016 a New Zealand Arts Laureate Award.

Lyell Cresswell's output comprises works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, choir, voice and solo instruments. Orchestral works include concertos for cello, accordion, string quartet, trombone, clarinet, violin and soprano, triple (violin, cello and piano), and two for piano. Other large-scale orchestral works include A Modern Ecstasy, Voices of Ocean Winds, Ylur, and The Clock Stops

Biography

Lyell Cresswell was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1944, and studied in Wellington, Toronto, Aberdeen and Utrecht. After some teaching at Glasgow University he joined Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff as Music Organiser (1978-80). He returned to Scotland as Forman Fellow in Composition at Edinburgh University until 1982 and spent the next three years as Cramb Fellow in Composition at Glasgow University. Since then he has been a full-time composer based in Edinburgh.

In 1978 he won the Ian Whyte Award for the orchestral work Salm, and in 1979 received the APRA Silver Scroll for his contribution to New Zealand music. In 2001 he received a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award to create a work of music theatre, in collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, involving issues of exile and identity; and in 2002 he was awarded an honorary D. Mus degree by Victoria University of Wellington (N.Z.) and the inaugural Elgar Bursary. In 2011 he received the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his first piano concerto, and in 2016 a New Zealand Arts Laureate Award.

Lyell Cresswell's output comprises works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, choir, voice and solo instruments. Orchestral works include concertos for cello, accordion, string quartet, trombone, clarinet, violin and soprano, triple (violin, cello and piano), and two for piano. Other large-scale orchestral works include A Modern Ecstasy, Voices of Ocean Winds, Ylur, and The Clock Stops

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